Healthy for Life



Greetings to everyone! Every day should be celebrated in being thankful for what keeps us trying to be the best we can for one another, even on days or events that may bring out our worst. It is those days that may help us to recognize our weaknesses and strengths to help keep us focused on the reason why we are together.

Everyone possesses individual gifts from which we can create a positive, peaceful, loving and safe environment. May we sense God’s guidance to lead us on the path of least resistance. Happy gatherings!

Cooking for others with food intolerances or allergies

Especially during the holiday season, it may be quite a challenge for many people with food intolerances or allergies. When cooking, baking and ordering food for others, try to respect and be aware of your guests’ requirements.

Some people may find it difficult to cook and order food for others, especially if they don’t know or don’t want to ask them about their special needs. For me, I am forever grateful and remember those who have gone out of their way to accommodate my intolerances or other specific diet requests.



In this day in age, I am sure that people have heard of the growing number of people who are having food intolerances. People have always had food issues; it is just a matter of recognizing the symptoms or the people who have them.

Most the time, I will prepare my own food or eat something before I go somewhere that may not be eating friendly. And, once again, thank you to the people who acknowledge and accommodate those who don’t or can’t just eat or drink anything!

Drinking water when taking supplements

You may want to think twice about drinking coffee or tea when taking supplements. They are best utilized when taken with water and/or food. If you take supplements with coffee or tea, which usually contain tannins, these substances may block the absorption of your vitamins and minerals. Also drinking a full glass of water and/or eating help to wash them down.

Balancing prayer position

This meditative prayer position may help to bring positive peace to your soul. It may be done when you get up in the morning or throughout the day. It helps to align your posture, making you feel more centered and balanced. It can be a relaxing position as well. I especially enjoy doing this pose first thing in the morning or after completing any exercise routine as part of my cool down. During this position, you may focus on your personal meditation to help clear your mind and renew the spirit.

How to do the prayer position:
• Stand tall with your feet and legs about
shoulder width apart and parallel to each
• Relax your shoulders while your head is
looking straightforward.
• Relax your knees.
• Focus on holding in your stomach while
breathing regularly.
• Bring your hands together in prayer position in front of your breastbone.
• Keep your shoulders and elbows relaxed
while gently pressing your palms together.
• Focus on your breath and close your
eyes while feeling your feet being centered
and balanced on the ground.
• Stand comfortably in this position for at
least a minute or longer to achieve your
desired path of meditation.
• May be done seated as well.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate. If you are interested in a personalized fitness assessment or training, contact her at or write to her at Hometown Focus, 401 6th Ave. N., Virginia, MN 55792.

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